An Educational Event About Nocturnal Animals

Bewitching Bats Elin Johnson adult volunteer
​Elin Johnson, right, is among the adult volunteers who have worked to make past "Bewitching" events a success at the UT Gardens, Knoxville. Join staff and volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 21, for this year's seasonal, food-free event.  Information about registration is online here​.  Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Bats, raccoons, owls, possums, flying squirrels and other nocturnal beasts come alive at night while we are sleeping. On Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon - 2 p.m., the University of Tennessee Gardens will present “Bewitching Beasts!” for children and their families to learn about and perhaps view some of these elusive animals and insects. 

Children, with their parents or guardians in tow, are invited to dress up in costumes, enjoy food-free trick or treating, and take part in arts and crafts, raffles, and demonstrations throughout the garden. The event is designed to avoid the feared sugar rush and allow those with food allergies to participate in safe, seasonal, food-free activities.

This event will occur rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child (12 and under). Families are welcome to come and enjoy the festivities anytime between noon and 2 p.m. Advance registration is required: please contact Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens Educator, at or 865-974-7151 or register online at Registration will close by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

For directions, more information and a calendar of this fall’s events, please visit​.

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Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens Educator, 865-974-7151 or